Brainstorming Campaign Ideas
The campaign table at the breakout workshop sessions gave rise
to a gaggle of good ideas. Participants in the discussions included several
energetic MHVS members and directors as well as the day¹s
facilitator, activist and author, Josephine Bellaccomo. The discussion was
facilitated by Jim Van Alstine, who was newly-elected to
serve as ³Campaigns and Communications Coordinator.²
Ideas were broken into two categories: red, which urge people
to stop, avoid or not do something, and green, which encourage people to do,
embrace, engage in a positive action or behavior.
Red campaign ideas included: "No foie
gras," "No veal,"
"No pig roasts," (urging
churches and fire departments to choose a more humane fundraising event); and
working to stop or otherwise intervene in local plans for a new slaughter
Green campaign ideas included:
1) Urge the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to create a
more veg-friendly curriculum;
2) urge restaurants to sign a veal and/or foie
3) work with area school districts to assure veggie options in
school lunches (parents of veggie kids are urged to step forward to help with
4) become a presence in health-issue related support groups
(including heart disease, cancer, diabetes);
5) create a Hudson Valley veg-friendly guide to
restaurants, accommodations, markets and alternative health
care providers; and
6) Establishing "Veggie Buddies,"
which would pair experienced vegetarians with curious/transitioning individuals
in a one-to-one relationship to provide practical knowledge, support, recipes,
The next step will be for the board of directors to review the
ideas, selecting two or three for further action.